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Magaziii^l Spring 2006 

Northwestern State University of Louisiana 



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Dr. Randall J. Webb, '65, '66 


Northwestern State University 

Dear Alumni: 

One of the best assets your alma mater has is the beauty of 
the Natchitoches campus. Over the years, the heart of the campus 
has shifted from the area near the Columns to the area near the Friedman Student Union and 
Kyser Hall, but the university has continued to work to make the campus appealing. Keeping 
Northwestern beautiful includes making sure our buildings are in the best possible shape 
along with little things such as landscaping. 

We are fortunate to have many dedicated employees in the Buildings and Grounds 
Crew and in the Physical Plant who take great pride in their job and work diligently to maintain 
and enhance the campus. 

In recent months, the university has completed landscaping, which accentuates the 
Wellness, Recreation and Activity Center. We have also worked to enhance the area around 
the old Power Plant and improved the look of the campus warehouse. This work has greatly 
improved the way visitors view the campus when they enter along Central Avenue. 

During this semester, our Physical Plant will move to a new facility, which will allow staff 
to utilize space more efficiently. 

Our faculty, staff, alumni and friends have also taken an interest in improving the campus. 
The Barry Smiley Courtyard is a wonderful enhancement for Russell Hall, and I look forward 
to seeing the new Alumni Plaza at the A.A. Frederick Center for Creative and Performing Arts 

Northwestern recently received planning money for the renovation of Caspari Hall and 
Williamson Hall. These two buildings will be great assets to the university once completed. 

The new campus residence hall, University Place, has been well received by students 
and campus visitors. In the months to come, we plan to demolish Rapides Hall and proceed 
with long term plans to modernize campus housing. 

If you haven't been to the Natchitoches campus recently, we hope you can come visit 
soon and see the progress your alma mater is making. 

Dr. Chris Maggio, '85, '91 

Director of Alumni and Development 

Alumni and Friends, 

What an exciting time to be involved at Northwestern! In recent 
months, several pledges and endowments have been established through the NSU 
Foundation to support different areas of academics and athletics. Some of these gifts honor 
former faculty members, while others were created as memorials to distinguished alumni. 
These acts of support constantly push us closer to reaching our Capital Campaign goal 
ahead of schedule, and they are invaluable to the outstanding students who benefit from 
these gifts. 

Your fellow alumni are doing exciting things — writing books, recording CDs and making 
great contributions within their professions. We love to hear about personal and professional 
accomplishments and are happy to share them through Alumni Columns. 

Soon another special group of graduates will convene here in Natchitoches for the 
Golden Jubilee to commemorate the 50'^ anniversary of their graduation from Northwestern. 
This year, the class of 1956 will participate in commencement exercises and enjoy a weekend 
of reunion activities, renewing friendships and getting reacquainted. This reunion is one of 
many alumni events planned throughout the year in many different areas of the country. 

There are many ways to stay connected to Northwestern. We appreciate your 
enthusiasm in continuing to support our alma mater. 

Alumni Columns 

Official Publication of 

Northwestern State University 

Natchitoches, Louisiana 

Organized in 1884 

A member of CASE 

Volume XVI Number 1 Spring 2006 

The Alumni Columns (USPS 015480) is published 

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Natchitoches, Louisiana, 71497-0002 

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President Jimmy Williams 

Alexandria, 1993 

Vice President K. Michael Sawrie 

Alexandria, 1972 

Secretary-Treasurer Jerry Brungart 

Natchitoches, 1969, 1971 

Executive Director Dr. Chris Maggio 

Natchitoches, 1985, 1991 


Brandon Scott Andrews Baton Rouge, 1992 

Dane Broussard Houston, Texas, 1986 

Jerry Brungart Natchitoches, 1969, 1971 

Tommy Chester Arcadia, 1969 

Leonard Endris Shreveport, 1974, 1975 

Adrian Howard Arlington, Texas, 1989 

Gail Jones Natchez, 1981, 1998 

MattKoury Leesville, 1995 

Bryant Lewis Haynesville, 1958 

Carroll Long Tyler, Texas, 1970 

David Morgan Austin, Texas, 1973 

Kip Patrick Shreveport, 1995 

K. Michael Sawrie Alexandria, 1972 

Joseph B. Stamey Natchitoches, 1983 

Glenn Talbert Shreveport, 1964 

Ricky Walmsley Covington, 1985 

Ginger Wiggins Metairie, 1986 

J. Michael Wilburn Shreveport, 1975 

Jimmy Williams Alexandria, 1993 

Dr. Leonard A. Williams ... New Orleans, 1993 


Alan Seipert Winnsboro, Texas 

SGA President 

The Alumni Columns is published in 

spring, summer, fall and winter. 


Dr. Chris Maggio, 1985, 1991 


Jennifer Wilbanks Anderson, 1997 


Leah Pilcher Jackson, 1994 

David West 

Doug Ireland, 1986 

Eva Sterling, senior Journalism Major 

Allison Boswell, junior Journalism Major 


Gary Hardamon 


Beth McPherson Mann. 1975 

NSU Press Publications Office 

Northwestern State University is accredited by the Commis- 
sion on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and 
Schools ( 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097: 
Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award Associate, Bac- 
calaureate, Master's, Specialist and Doctorate degrees. 

It is the policy of Northwestern State University of Louisi- 
ana not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, 
sex, national origin, age, or disability in its educational pro- 
grams, activities or employment practices. 

Alumni News 


NSU takes national spotlight with incredible win in NCAA Tournament 

or three days. Cinderella wore 
purple. The Northwestern State 
men's basketball team took its 
loyal fans on a magical ride by pulling off 
the biggest upset in the NCAA Tournament 
by defeating Big Ten champion Iowa 64- 
63 in an opening round game. 

Senior Jermaine Wallace hit a 3-point 
shot with 0.5 seconds to play to give NSU 
an improbable victory and a moment no 
one associated with Northwestern will 
soon forget. 

Northwestern 's victory over Iowa was 
the highlight of the best season in school 

The Demons won their second 
consecutive Southland Conference 
championship and their first 
conference tournament title in five 
years. The Demons won a record 
26 games and had wins over teams 
from the SEC, Big Ten, Big 12 and 
Pacific 10 Conferences. 

Several national publications along with 
Internet sports sites followed the Demons all 

Coach Mike McConathy 

Cover: Shown is the 2005-06 Demon Basketball Team, 
Coach Mike McConathy and Jermaine Wallace taking 
his winning shot at the opening round of the NCAA 
Tournament. Photographs shot by Gary Hardamon. 

year. The win o\er Iowa was featured on 
CBS and ESPN for three days and was in 
every major newspaper in the U.S. 

"This season gives a great deal of 
validity to our program since we have been 
to the NCAA Tournament twice in five 
years." said NSU head basketball coach 
Mike McConathy. "When people looked 
up on Saturday morning, there were only 
32 teams left playing and 300 more looking 
in. That's an enviable position to be in." 

Despite all that success, the team 
never forgot its roots. NSU's down-to earth 
style made a lasting impression on the 
media that covered the NCAA 

"Northwestern State is the kind of 
team that is refreshing in a tournament 
sometimes dominated by worldly players 
and polished coaches," said Joe LaPointe 
in the New York Times. 

McConathy is determined to make the 
Demons a regular participant in the NCAA 

"We wanted this group of seniors to 
be program builders," he said. "On the 
back wall of our locker room, we have all 
of our former players listed so the team 
understands the tradition and those who 
came before them. The experience we had 
this year is a part of building the tradition." 

The win may also help the university 
attract students next fall. 

"The win was perfect timing in terms 
of helping recruit students." said Director 
of University Recruiting Jana Lucky. "For 
many students, decision time is in March 
and April. We have seen the number of 
inquiries double in the days after the 
Tournament. Not only was the win helpful, 
but the way the team members conducted 
themselves on and off the court let the 
nation know the kind of people we have at 

Senior forward Clifton Lee played a major role in leading 
their Demons to a 64-63 upset win of Big Ten Champion 
Iowa in the NCAA Tournament. Lee scored 1 8 points in the 
victory including 13 points in just over three minutes as 
NSU erased a 17-point deficit. 


Visit or 

call 318-357-5251 to order shirts, 

highlight DVDs and some limited edition 

items that commemorate the fantastic NSU 

Demons' basketball season. 

Aliinini Columns Spring 2006 / I 

Campus News 

Five home games, visits to Baylor and 
Ole Miss highlight Demons' 2006 football 


all NSU Alumni: 

News concerning 

Wellness, Recreation & 

Activity Center (WRAC) 

Fees paid from Spring-1999 

through Summer-2005. 

Policy: NSU Alumni* who at- 
tended Northwestern State Uni- 
versity and were assessed the 
WRAC fee between spring 1999 
and summer 2005 may utilize 
these paid fees as a credit to- 
wards purchasing a WRAC 
Alumni Membership. 

In order to receive WRAC Fee 
credit as mentioned above, 
these memberships must be 
purchased between January 31 , 
2006 and January 31, 2009 at 
the NSU Wellness, Recreation, 
and Activity Center. This credit 
program will end January 31, 
2009. Credits are for member- 
ships only. All other WRAC pro- 
grams and purchases shall be 
made separately. Please go to 
room 210 in the NSU Wellness, 
Recreation, and Activity Center 
to sign-up for this program. 

Any existing paid membership 
will continue until the expiration 
date. All WRAC Fee credits will 
be applied thereafter. 

* NSU Alumnus is defined as 
one who has graduated from 
Northwestern State University 
with an undergraduate or 
graduate degree. 

Northwestern State's 2006 football 
schedule includes five homefield 
appearances at Turpin Stadium, notably 
visits by recent Division 1-AA semitlnalists 
Texas State and Sam Houston State along 
with old rival McNeese State. 

But three high-profile road games are 

buzz. The Demons 
one of Division I- 
AA's perennial 
playoff contenders. 

will visit three 
Division I-A Bowl 
Series programs — 
Kansas, Baylor and Ole 

NSU will open the season Sept. 2 at 
Kansas, then travel to Baylor a week later. 
The Demons will play at Ole Miss on Nov. 
4 in the first of a two-year series 
recommended by Rebels" head coach Ed 
Orgeron, who was a four-year letterwinner 
at Northwestern as a defensive tackle from 

The five home games kick off with 
non-conference contests Sept. 16 against 
Delaware State and Sept. 30 against 
Arkansas-Monticello. sandwiched around 
an open date Sept. 23. 

Those are part of a three-game 
homestand culminating with the Southland 
Conference opener on Oct. 7 against Sam 
Houston State. The Demons play 2005 
I-AA semifinalist Texas State in Turpin 
Stadium on Oct. 28, then cap their home 
schedule Nov. 1 1 against McNeese State. 

Homecoming will be celebrated with 
the Oct. 28 Texas State game at 2 p.m. 

The other four home games will kick 
off at 6 p.m., although all starting times 
are tentative. 

"From a financial perspective, this 
schedule will be positive for both the 
athletic program and the football team," 
said Athletic Director Greg Burke. " That's 
what being successful is all about - finding 
ways to move your program forward." 
"Our players are excited," said Coach 
Scott Stoker, beginning his fifth 
year as head coach. "They're 
competitive and they want to 
measure them.selves against top- 
caliber competition." 
The opening 
game at Baylor is 
attractive, said 
Stoker, because of a 
significant number 
of NSU alumni in east and central Texas, 
including the Dallas and Houston areas. 

2006 Northwestern State 

Football Schedule 

All kickoff times are tentative 

Shaded areas are home games 

Sept. 2 

at Kansas 


Sept. 9 

at Baylor 


Sept. 16 

vs. Delaware State 


Sept. 23 


Sept. 30 

vs. Arkansas-Monticello 
vs. Sam Houston State'*' 


Oct. 7 

Oct. 14 

at Southeastern La.* 


Oct. 21 

at Nicholls State* 


Oct. 28 

vs. Texas State* 


Nov. 4 



at Ole Miss 

(1:00 or 


Nov. 1 1 

vs. McNeese State* 

Nov. 18 

at Stephen F. Austin* 


* Indicates Southland Conference games 

Alumni Columns Spring 2006 / 2 

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Campus News 


Paul Alonzo 

The football scholar- 
ship he received to attend 
Northwestern State Uni- 
versity, according to Paul 
Alonzo, "changed my life 
and the direction of my 

Based on the recent generosity of Paul 
and his wife, Carolyn, they will now change 
the life of an NSU Demon football player 

In November and December of 2005, 
Paul and Carolyn donated over $77,000 to 
the "Jack Clayton Football Scholarship" 
and, in doing so, increased the principle of 
that fund to $100,000. As a result, the 
Clayton scholarship now has "fully en- 
dowed" status and interest from that fund 
will fully fund a football .scholarship annu- 

After spending his freshman year of 
college at LSU, Alonzo returned to his home 
in Metairie. Shortly thereafter, he found 
himself literally, as he put it. "working in 
the sewer" as part of a Hurricane Betsy 
clean-up project. It was then that NSU 
Coach Gene Knecht came calling with the 
football scholarship. Alonzo played defen- 
sive tackle on Coach Clayton's undefeated 
1966 team and graduated in 1969 with a 
major in physical education and minor in 
special education. 

For over seven years, Alonzo taught 
mentally and physically handicapped chil- 
dren and was involved in establishing the 
Special Olympics in Jefferson Parish. He 
remembers using former NSU teammate 
Phillip Creel's land in Franklinton as a 
camping destination for the youth he nur- 
tured. He then entered the business world, 
which ultimately brought him to his cur- 
rent position of Chairman and CEO of 
Phoenix Associates Land Syndicate, a 
Covington, Louisiana-based holding com- 
pany with assets and/or interests in several 
areas, including sand and gravel, oil and 
natural gas, contract hauling, and swimming 

pool construction. 

"The education I re- 
ceived at NSU gave me the 
ability to do what I do as a 
businessman. Also, partici- 
pating in athletics taught me 
to work with people, to lead, 
to organize, and to set and 
achieve goals," said Paul. 
It was Paul, along with 1966 football 
teammates Shelley Dickie. David Dawson, 
and Gary Pittman, who approached NSU 
about doing something to recognize Coach 
Clayton for his contributions to the univer- 
sity. The result, made possible through 
donations by former players and friends of 
Clayton, was the striking "Jack Clayton 
Plaza" in the south end zone of Turpin Sta- 
dium. Residual funds from con.struction of 
the plaza were used to establish a perma- 
nent scholarship in Clayton's name. 

"it was important for Carolyn and me 
to do this (bring the scholarship to fully 
endowed status) for all of Coach Clayton's 
guys. We have been bles.sed and owe much 
of that to NSU. We enjoy seeing the uni- 
versity doing so well and want to help keep 
the momentum going," said Paul. 

The generosity of the Alonzo's brings 
to three the total of fully endowed athletic 
scholarships. The others are the "Charles 
Ragus Athletic Scholarship" and the "Dan 
and Lilly Chase Athletic Scholarship." In 
all. .32 fully or partially endowed scholar- 
ships have been established in support of 
NSU Athletics, which makes a huge differ- 
ence for the NSU athletic program, accord- 
ing to Director of Athletics Greg Burke. 

"Privately raised funds, both from en- 
dowed funds and annual fund dollars, en- 
ables all of NSU 's coaches to continue of- 
fering the full complement of scholarships 
permitted under NCAA guidelines. Con- 
sequently, more young people have the op- 
portunity to attend NSU and the coaches 
can maximum their recruiting efforts to 
maintain teams which are highly competi- 
tive in the Southland Conference and at the 
Division I level," said Burke. 

Innovative new website 
supports NSU athletics 

If going online is second nature 
for you, there's a new shopping option 
that can save you time and money 
while supporting Northwestern State 

It's the 
website, NSU athletics' official online 
shopping mall. The new site, which has 
recently launched, features a broad 
selection of dozens of nationally-known 
stores (including Barnes and Noble, 
Gap, Macy's, Montgomery Ward, Old 
Navy, Office Depot, Target, Wal-Mart 
and many more), a seemingly endless 
collection of brands (including Better 
Homes and Gardens, Cingular, eBay, 
Dell computers, Fossil, Jockey, Land's 
End, Mikasa, Phillips Electronics, Sirius 
Satellite Radio, Wedding Favors and 
many others) and services such as 
airline travel, hotel accommodations, 
travel and recreational activities. 

A percentage of each purchase 
made online at 
comes back to support NSU Athletics. 
The prices are the same as if you 
bought directly from the business' 
websites, and often represent a 
significant savings over in-store 
purchases. The fee that NSU athletics 
receives from your use of our new 
website is not an additional charge. 

"That's a winning combination," 
said Director of Athletics Greg Burke. 
"We strongly believe in shopping locally 
first, and especially supporting 
businesses that are owned/operated 
by NSU alumni and those businesses 
who are our great Purple Partners who 
support NSU athletics. We also know 
online shopping, especially for items 
that may not be available locally, is 
soaring in popularity, and that's the idea 
behind the website. 

Alumni Columns Spring 2006 / 3 

Alumni News 

Scholarship honors former 
Rapides Parish educators 

An endowed scholarship has been 
established at Northwestern State 
University to benefit a teacher candidate 
in the College of Education. 

Mr. and Mrs. James Bonde of Glen 
Ellyn, 111., have created the Dallas and C.R. 
Sanders Educational Scholarship Fund in 
the amount of $ 1 00,000 through a donation 
to the NSU Foundation. The endowment 
honors Mrs. Bonde's parents, both of 
whom graduated from Northwestern in the 
1920s and were educators. Mr. Sanders 
was principal at Boyce High School and 
later Superintendent of Schools for 
Rapides Parish. Mrs. Sanders taught 
elementary school and later homebound 

Mrs. Bonde, the former Wanna Beth 
Sanders, is a 1954 graduate of 
Northwestern and also a former educator. 

The scholarship will be awarded to "a 
student teacher candidate that shows 

Mr. and Mrs. James Bonde have created the Dallas and 
C.R, Sanders Educational Scholarship Fund through a 
$100,000 donation to the Northwestern State University 
Foundation. The scholarship fund honors Mrs. Bonde's 
parents who were educators in Rapides Parish. Mrs. Bonde 
is the former Wanna Beth Sanders, a 1954 NSU graduate 
who was also a teacher. From left are Director of Alumni 
and Development Dr. Chris Maggio, Mrs. Bonde, Mr. Bonde. 
Dr. Vickie Gentry, Dean of the College of Education, and 
NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb. 

promise in the teaching field," said Dr. 
Vickie Gentry, dean of the College of 
Education. The recipient must be a full- 
time junior, senior or graduate student with 
a 3.0 grade point average and pursuing a 
teacher education degree. Applicants must 
also complete an essay addressing what 
attributes of a positive teacher they possess. 
"With a good GPA, we assume an 

applicant has knowledge and skills, but 
asking the applicant to tell us what these 
are should be of value in choosing the ideal 
candidate for the award," Gentry said. "We 
want to know what sets them apart from 
other applicants and what professional 
characteristics they possess for becoming 
an effective teacher." The scholarship will 
be awarded in the amount of $ 1 ,000 per 

"We think education is very important. 
My father and mother both spent a large 
part of their lives in education and I taught 
for four years," Mrs. Bonde said. "We feel 
it's important to give back, and what could 
be more important than learning?" 

"My parents were committed to 
honesty and integrity," Mrs. Bonde said. 
"Teaching is a thread in my family. My 
father lived and breathed it and so many 
people in the family became educators. 
They made such an effort and others were 
helped by them. In this way, we are 
continuing their legacy." 

Moores continue habit of 
giving back to Northwestern 

Karl Moore is quick to say that his 
journey to the top ranks of a Fortune 500 
company began at Northwestern State 

Moore and his wife Linda have made 
a donation to help NSU faculty and 

Karl and Linda Moore graciously donated an endowed pro- 
fessorship and an endowed scholarship to Northwestern. 
They are shown here with President Randall J. Webb. 

students with a gift of $70,000 to the NSU 
Foundation to create the Karl and Linda 
Moore Endowed Professorship and the 
Karl and Linda Moore Scholarship. 

The $60,000 donation for the 
professorship will be matched with 
$40,000 from the Board of Regents' 

Alumni Columns Spring 2006 / 4 

Support Fund to create a $100,000 
endowed professorship. Interest generated 
by the endowment will fund faculty 
research and development along with 
needed equipment. 

"We are grateful to Karl and Linda 
Moore for their continued support of 
Northwestern," said NSU President Dr. 
Randall J. Webb. "The Moores have a love 
for education and a genuine desire to help 
students succeed. Their gift will strengthen 
the College of Business and also provide 
an opportunity for a deserving student to 
continue their education." 

Karl Moore earned a bachelor's 
degree in accounting and a master's in 
business administration at NSU. Moore 
spent 42 years at International Paper from 
1960 until 2002, retiring as the company's 
chief financial officer- International Paper 
Europe. Prior to holding that position, he 
was the company's vice president and chief 
information officer. 

"One of the main reasons I continue 
to support Northwestern is that the 
university gave me an opportunity to get 
an education and go out into the world and 
compete with individuals who attended 

more 'prestigious' schools," said Moore. 
"I had planned to give to Northwestern, 
but because of the state's financial 
difficulties, I decided the university could 
better utilize the funds at this time. It is a 
good opportunity for the money to be put 
to use now." 

The Moores have been active 
supporters of Northwestern for many years. 
In 1995, Karl Moore was named to the 
NSU Hall of Distinction, the Long Purple 
Line. The College of Business named him 
to its Hall of Fame in 1998. Karl Moore 
serves on the NSU Foundation Board of 
Directors and is a member of the 
President's Council. 

Linda Moore attended Northwestern 
and majored in secretarial science. She was 
active in community service, volunteering 
on a variety of community projects. 

"I have always been involved in the 
community wherever we lived through 
civic organizations or our church," said 
Linda Moore. "It has always been 
important to me to give something back to 
the community. By supporting education, 
we can continue to do that." 


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Alumni News 

Class of 1957 launching 
endowment campaign to 
commemorate golden 

Northwestern State University's 
graduating class of 1957 is commemorat- 
ing their Golden Jubilee by launching a 

an endowed gift, presented as a group?" 

The $100,000 endowed profes- 
sorship will be comprised of $60,000 in 
donations from the class of 1957 and 
$40,000 matched by the State of Louisi- 
ana Board of Regents. The professorship 
will rotate among colleges to benefit sev- 

"A donor can contribute as much 
or as little as they wish to the professor- 
ship. This is a large pledge, but with many 

campaign to create the first-ever endowed gral academic areas of the university, 
gift donated by a graduating class. 
Through a pledge to the NSU Foundation, 
the class plans to establish the Class of 
1957 Endowed Professorship in conjunc- 
tion with their 50-year reunion 
in May 2007. 

The idea of creating a pro- 
fessorship came to Dr. Virginia 
Crossno while sitting in an NSU 
Foundation board meeting. 

"Dr. Webb was discussing 
our need for more external fund- 
ing and it occurred to me that 
while our class is planning our 
50"" reunion, why not be a part 
of supporting the university with 

In preparation for their 50'^ anniversary reunion in 2007, members of the Northwest- 
ern State College graduating class or 1 957 are creating the Class of 1 957 Endowed 
Professorship. From left are John iVIcTyre, Mildred Eckhardt McTyre, Director of 
Alumni and Development Dr. Chris Maggio, Alma Rabb Alost and Dr. Virginia Crossno. 

graduates joining together, the goal can be 
met," said Jill Bankston, assistant director 
of development. "The class is getting the 
ball rolling a year in advance of their re- 
union so that anyone who would like to 
participate is able to do so." 

"We want to encourage everyone to 
join us," said Alma Alost. 

"We're gong to have a great time get- 
ting back together after 50 years," Crossno 
said. "This professorship is a way of hon- 
oring the faculty we had, those 
who were our mentors. They in- 
vested in us and helped us along 
the way." 

All donations to the NSU 
Foundation are tax deductible. For 
inore information on the Class of 
1957 reunion in May 2007 or the 
Endowed Professorship, contact 
Bankston at the NSU Alumni Cen- 
ter at (318) 357-4241 or e-mail 
bankstonj @ . 

Lee honored with Nth Degree presentation 

Northwestern State University 
recognized the 50''' anniversary of its 
University Police force and honored the 
man who organized the department by 
presenting an Nth Degree to James K. 
(Jimmy) Lee of Natchitoches. 

The Nth Degree is given in 
recognition of unselfish devotion to duty 
and the willingness to go the "extra mile" 
in meritorious service to mankind. Lee was 
the guest of honor at a reception attended 
by friends, family and a number of people 
in the law enforcement field who got their 
start under Lee as student officers at 

"Receiving this award is quite an 
honor," said Lee. "I am indebted to those 
who made it possible. It was enjoyable for 
me to start an organization and see it come 
to fruition. It's good to be able to see things 
come alive." 

Lee also received an award from 
Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones 
in recognition of his service to the people 
of Natchitoches. 

Lee was a graduate of Northwestern 
with a bachelor's degree in history and 
.social studies. He also earned a teaching 
certificate. Lee was a member of the 
Natchitoches Police Department when he 
was hired as chief of Campus Security at 
Northwestern on Nov. 16, 1955. He retired 
in 1 986. Before the start of the Campus 
Security department. Northwestern has 
used two night watchmen to patrol the 

"The job was a good opportunity to 
advance my career. The concept of a 
college police force was new and the field 
was wide open," said Lee. "My objective 
was to have a trained, professional police 
force to protect the campus, students. 

NSU's first Police Chief Jimmy Lee ('51 ) with his family at 
the 2005 reception in his honor. 

faculty and staff and those who attended 
campus events. " 

Lee said it took three years to build a 
force which included officers classified 
under civil service and selected students. 
The experience was valuable for students. 
Many of those students never considered 
a law enforcement career before working 
under Lee. Officers that worked under Lee 
went on to careers on the local, state and 
federal level. 

"The students did an excellent job 
augmenting the force," said Lee. "I am 
proud that many of them later went into 
law enforcement." 

Alumni Columns Spring 2006 / 5 

Campus News 

Beta Omicron Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity to celebrate 50th anniversary on NSU campus 

Pi Kappa Phi's Beta Omicron Chapter ^^^^^ -rr jt^ 

will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its ^^^^^' J-1 -l^ ^ 

1956 installation during the NSU 
Homecoming weekend this October 27-28. 

Several charter and chapter members 
from the years 1 956- 1 962 are pictured at 
their 50th anniversary kick-off reunion 
held during the 2005 NSU Homecoming. 

Natchitoches City Council member 
Jack McCain, the first president of Beta 
Omicron Chapter during the fall semester 
1956, stated that "the continued long-term 

friendships within our fraternity alumni 

,. ., .... Front row: Mike Murphy, Charles Bice, Billy Coney, Don Cook, Huey Fitch, Sam Russell and Roy Bostick. Back row: 

have been an extraordmarily gratitymg 

GeorgeCameron.JohnEchols,JackMcCain,BillPlunkett, John West, Charles Varnell, Charles Doty, Roy Baldwin, John 
experience not often accomplished over so 

McTyre and John Mize. 
many years." 

Hall of 



Northwestem's College of 
Education Alumni Advisory 
Board is seeking nomina- 
tions for its Hall of Distin- 
guished Educators for 2006. 
The inductees will partici- 
pate in the NSU homecom- 
ing activities this fall. If you 
know of an outstanding 
alumnus of Northwestern 
who has had a distinguished 
career in the field of educa- 
tion please contact Dr. 
Cathy Seymour by calling 
(318) 357-6278, or by mail 
at College of Education 
(TEC), Office of Field Expe- 
riences, Northwestern State 
University, Natchitoches, LA 

Natchitoches realtors 
continue support of board 

The Natchitoches Board of Realtors 
presented a $500 check to the 
Northwestern State University Foundation 
to benefit the Board of Realtors 
Scholarship, presented annually to a 
business major from Natchitoches Parish. 
The scholarship will be presented to a 
sophomore with a grade point average of 
3.0 or higher. 

"Scholarships of this nature assist 
outstanding students in the business 
program," said Dr. Chris Maggio, director 
of Alumni and Development. "It also sends 
a message to students that their future 

colleagues are concerned about higher 
education and helping retain promising 

The scholarship's ideal recipient 
would be "someone with good grades who 
is involved in campus life, an all-around 
student. This scholarship is a way for us to 
show our appreciation to the community 
and to Northwestern ," said Linda Tillman- 
Gustwick, president of the Natchitoches 
Board of Realtors, which is made up not 
only of real estate agents, but also 
professionals who work in related business 
fields, such as banking and contracting. 
The Natchitoches Board of Realtors 
supports several local charities and civic 

Alumni Columns Spring 2006 / 6 

The Natchitoches Board of Realtors presented a check to the Northwestern State University Foundation to support the Natchi- 
toches Board of Realtors Scholarship, annually presented to a business student. From left are Linda Tillman-Gustwicl<, president 
of the Natchitoches Board of Realtors; Tony Davis, Melissa Uorence, Zack Middendorf, Michele Todtenbier, secretary/treasurer 
of the Natchitoches Board of Realtors; Dr. Chns Maggio, director of NSU Alumni and Development; Ruth Anderson, Joyce 
Bonner, Gloria Canaday, vice president of the Natchitoches Board of Realtors, and Julie Evans. 

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Alliance Compressors makes second 
scholarship installment 

Alliance Compressors of Natchitoches has contributed 
$10,000 to the Northwestern State University Foundation to 
support the Alliance Compressors Endowed Scholarship. This 
recent $10,000 was the second installment of a planned $30,000 
over a three year period. The scholarship is funded annually 
through the Emerson Trust Fund, the charitable trust of Alliance's 
parent company, Copeland Corporation. 

First preference for the scholarship will be given to a student 
majoring in Industrial Engineering Technology or Electronics 
Engineering Technology, with second preference being a student 
in the College of Business. 

"NSU is a vital part to the success of this community. This 
is something we are able to do to create an opportunity for a 
student and is repayment for all the good things NSU does for 
this community," said Bill Videtto, Alliance plant manager. The 
ideal scholarship recipient would be a "someone with a financial 
need who possesses the high ethical standards and leadership 
qualities that both Alliance and NSU are trying to bring to this 
community," Videtto said. 

Since Alliance opened in 1998. the company and 
Northwestern have worked together to provide professional 
development opportunities for employees who participate in 
certification programs or are earning degrees in electronics 
engineering technology or industrial engineering technology. 

A $10,000 donation to the Northwestern State University Foundation will support the Alli- 
ance Compressors Endowed Scholarship, which is awarded annually. From left are NSU 
President Dr. Randall J, Webb. Director of Alumni and Development Dr. Chris Maggio, 
Assistant Director of Institutional Advancement Sharon Sampite Waskom, Alliance Hu- 
man Resources Manager Edd Henry, Administrative Assistant Donna Pierce, and Alliance 
Plant Manager Bill Videtto. 

Through the Emerson Trust, Alliance supports numerous local 
philanthropic endeavors. 

"Alliance has shown a commitment to the future and to this 
community by funding this scholarship," said Dr. Chris Maggio, 
director of Alumni and Development. "Partnerships of this nature, 
in which a company supports students pursuing careers in related 
fields, are beneficial to both the deserving students who receive 
the scholarship and the company itself." 


Navy Seaman Roger B. Fredieu, 

an alumnus of Northwestern, completed 
U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit 
Training Command, Great Lakes, 111. 
During the 8-week program, Fredieu 
completed a variety of training, which 
included classroom study and practical 
instruction on naval customs, first aid, 
firefighting, water safety and survival 
and shipboard and aircraft safety. An 
emphasis was placed on physical fitness. 
The capstone event of boot camp is 
"Battle Stations." This exercise gives 
recruits the skills and confidence they 
need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Sta- 
tions" is designed to galvanize the ba- 
sic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedi- 

cation, teamwork and endurance in each 
recruit through the practical application of 
basic Navy skills and the core values of 
honor, courage and commitment. Its dis- 
tinctly "Navy" flavor was designed to take 
into account what it means to be a sailor. 
Fredieu is a 2005 graduate of NSU, 
where he earned a BS degree. 

Dr. James W. Stockard, Jr., ('60, 
'63), now with the Department of Curricu- 
lum & Instruction at Louisiana State Uni- 
versity in Baton Rouge, has written a new 
college text that will be published this 
spring. Entitled Handbook for Secondary 
Social Studies, the book will be published 
by Waveland Press, Inc. of Prospect 
Heights. 111. Stockard served as a long- 
time teacher and administrator in Caddo 

Parish where he was the Assistant Su- 
perintendent for Curriculum & Instruc- 
tion before serving a 13-year stint at 
Auburn University during which 
time he achieved the rank of Professor. 
He has also taught at California Poly- 
technic University in Pomona, Cente- 
nary College of Louisiana in Shreve- 
port, and the University of Louisiana 
at Monroe. Stockard has published 
seven books during his higher-educa- 
tion teaching career, three of which 
have been written since arriving 
atLSUin 1999. 

Correction: David Riggins, who 

was in the Winter Spotlight, is the 
mayor of Vinton, not Benton. 


Alumni Columns Spring 2006 / 7 

Alumni News 

New Orleans Recruiting Reception at Ormond Plantation 


Friend of NSU Johnny Carmonch, Jana Lucky ('92), President 
Randall Webb ('65), Jill Bankston ("97), New Orleans Recruiter 
Megan Sandlin ('05), and Janay Matt ('99) smile at a New Orleans 
recruiting reception at Carmonch's home the Ormand Plantation. 

Recruiter Megan Sandlin 
('05), Nancy Griffin, and 
Jacqueline Griffin at the 
New Orleans reception 
where Nancy was recog- 
nized for being a recipient for 
the Ted Jones Scholarship. 

Covington Recruiting Reception 

Ricky ('85), and Julie 
Walmsley ('89) smile with 
their son Conner as they 
host the Covington recruit- 
ing reception. 

Recruiter Megan Sandlin 
('05), Nicole Joseph, and 
Carolyn Joseph, at the 
Covington reception where 
Nicole was recognized for 
being a recipient for the Ted 
Jones Scholarship. 

Longview Recruiting Reception 

Todd ('98) and Amanda Froebe 
at the Longview alumni recep- 

Theresa Crawford visit at 
the Longview reception. 

Rachel Brian 

alumni reception hosts Carroll ('67) and 

Susan Long (70). 

Lafayette Recruiting Reception 

Future Demons and Ted Jones Scholarship recipients 
Lynda Hammatt, Ryan Falcon, and Jocelyn Kyle are 
congratulated by Recruiter Jared Hewitt ('03) at the 
Lafayette reception. 

Illinois Christmas Dinner 

Ted Jones Scholarship recipi- 
ent Whitney Milford is con- 
gratulated by Recruiter Ashlee 
Crooks ('01) at the Longview 

Dr. David ('65), and Kay 
with Elvis Mensah ('04). 

Aaron ('03), and Kelly Lock 
03) catch up with other 
NSU alumni. 

Elvis Mensah ('04), Adam Williams ('05), Louis Nelson ( 
and Andy Batagona ('03) enjoyed visiting. 

Josh Vo, stands with his 
mother Carolyn Vo ('01), 
and Calvin Miller at the Illi- 
nois Christmas Dinner. 

Kristy and Chris Bankovic 
('04) show off their baby 


2005 Alexandria Alumni Gathering at Tunks 

Danny Coombs, Terrie Verzwyvelt Coombs ('72) and Sue 
Anne Vanderlick Foltz ('75) visit. 

Mike ('71 ) and Marleen Sawrie 
('00) show their purple pride 
at the Alexandria alumni re- 

Charlie Vienne ('91 ), Delsey ('04 ) and husband John Tho- 
mas gathered together at the Alexandria alumni recep- 

John G. Thompson ('68), Steve Shine ('68), James Synder ('58), and 
Wayne Wilkerson ('56) visited during the Alexandria alumni reception. 

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2006 Texas Music Educators Association Reception at the Menger Hotel 

2005 Alumni Deer Hunt at Serenity Point 
Deer Camp 

Back row: Clarence Frank (00), Cindy Brown (95), David 
Thompson (03), Kevin Richardson (97) Front row: Chris 
Whorlon (' 98). Knsten McLaurin (04). Monty ('98) & 
Melissa Morris-Blame enjoy good company at the TMEA 

JoAnn ('69) and Ed Norton (72) visited with Ed 
Thompson (76) at the TMEA reception at the 
Menger Hotel. 

Chns Maggio ('85 & 91 ). Jeff Martin. Dan Chase ('57). Reed 
Martin. Brian Martin ('86). Trey Thibodeaux. Mike Knotts 
('86) and Chnstopher Knotts enjoy the great outdoors at 
the 2005 alumni deer hunt at Serenity Point. 

Michael (95). & Iryna Simoneaux. and Danny & Jaye 
Potter got together at the TMEA reception. 

Current NSU students are 
hanging out at the TMEA 

2006 Baton Rouge Alumni Gathering at Mike Anderson's 

2006 Men's Basketball Reunion 

Former NSU baskettiall manager Jerry Byrd (57) with wife 
Barbara, and son Jerry Byrd Jr. at the reunion, after he 
was presented with the Nth Degree by Dr. Webb. 

Dr. Randy Webb ('65). Alida Bishop Casey ('50), Judy 
Gowland Edwards('66) & husband Terry Edwards, enjoyed 
visiting with each other at the Mike Anderson's during the 
Baton Rouge alumni gathering. 

Ann Michaei Meisnamer Laguarde (04). Chnsty Groves (04). 
Kelly Newman (02). Melissa Champion (03). Connie Hebert 
(04) and Shave Veade (03) caught up with each other 

Steven & Katie Cooper (00) talk with another NSU alumni 
couple Gail ('76) & Joe Stephenson ('75) at the Baton 
Rouge Gathering. 

Elvin McCann ('60) with his family after he was inducted 
into the "N" Club Hall of Fame. 

John R. ('59) & Sue Ellen Fogleman Williams visited with 
Fran Garcia ('56) & Frank Bergeron at Mike Anderson's in 
Baton Rouge. 

George ('54), & Bonnie Davis (60) visited with Ken Corley 
('58) at the Men's basketball reunion. 

Carol & Matthew Kep- 
pinger ('80) caught up with 
other NSU alumni at the 
Baton Rouge gathering. 

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Jams Lowe ('70) saw Tom 
Morales ('69) at the Baton 
Rouge alumni gathering at 
Mike Anderson's. 

Thaihevia Williams ('98) and Andrea Eaglin ('98) smile for 
a picture at the Baton Rouge alumni gathering. 

Baton Rouge Recruiting Reception 

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Babe Cole at the basketball reunion for a picture. 

Julia ('62) & Tynes (54) Hidebrand and Rick ('73) & Pat 
Reass gather together at the basketball reunion. 



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Campus News 

Golden Jubilee 

The Northwestern State University 
Alumni Association will honor this year's 
Golden Jubilee Class, alumni who 
graduated in 1956, by hosting a series of 
events including a 50-year reunion May 5-6. 

More than 60 graduates will come 
back to Natchitoches to take part in the two 
days of planned activities, Friday's events 
will include a bus tour of Natchitoches and 
NSU's campus, and a group picture. They 
will be honored at the afternoon 
commencement exercise where they will 
receive a second diploma. After graduation 
a dinner/reception will take place in their 
honor at the Alumni Center, the place they 
once knew as the President's house. They 
will also attend a luncheon on Saturday 
where they will be inducted into the 50-Plus 

"This is one of the most rewarding and 
satisfying events that we (the Alumni 
Center) do. The people who come back are 
really excited." said Dr. Chris Maggio, 
director of Alumni & Development. 

Even though many things have 
changed at NSU since the 1 956 graduates 
of Northwestern State College have been 
to school, many are excited for this great 
reunion. Wayne and JoAnn Dew are two 
former NSC students that will be receiving 
their second diploma on May 5. The couple 
who met at NSU, will also be celebrating 
their 50"" wedding anniversary this summer 
and are delighted to see old friends some 
they haven't seen in 40 or 50 years. The 
couple, who have stayed in contact with 
many of their friends, still remember many 
details from their years in college, and can 
not wait to share them with former 
classmates and former college friends. 

JoAnn, who graduated in education, 
said "I am looking forward to seeing whose 
there to reminisce about the way things 
were." She recalls having to sleep out on 
the "sleeping porches" during the hot nights 
because there were fans out there, and 
having to sign out when she went out in a 
car with a boy so the dorm would know 
where they were if something happened. 

For more information on this year's 
Golden Jubilee, contact the NSU Alumni 
Association at (318) 357-4414. 

Criminal justice students will 
benefit from scholarship 

A .scholarship has been estabUshed at 
Northwestern State University in memory 
of a former assistant professor of criminal 
justice. The Frank C. Kyle Memorial 
Scholarship will be awarded to a junior or 
senior enrolled in NSU's Criminal Justice 
program who embodies Kyle's character 
and professionalism. 

"Professor Frank Kyle brought to his 

Frank C. Kyle 

students a real life perspective of 
corrections through his 28 years as a noted 
professional practitioner in the probation 
and parole discipline," said Joe Morris, 
Criminal Justice Program coordinator. 

Kyle's career began in 1971 with the 
Louisiana Department of Corrections, 
Division of Probation and Parole. He 
progressed through the ranks from 
probation/parole officer until his retirement 
in 1999 as the regional director of the 
Northwest Louisiana Probation and Parole 
Office. Throughout Kyle's career as a 
probation/parole professional he was called 
upon repeatedly to serve on committees 
that reviewed and implemented 
improvements in probation/parole services 
in Louisiana. Kyle maintained his 
memberships in both national and state 
probation/parole organizations even after 

his service to the state ended. 

"After his retirement from service to 
the state, Kyle felt that he had a wealth of 
knowledge accumulated over his 28-year 
career that could be utilized to help young 
people to understand the past, present, and 
future directions of the corrections 
discipline within the criminal justice 
sy.stem," Morris said. "Frank Kyle readily 
accepted his second profession as an 

Kyle joined the faculty at 
NSU and used his experience as a 
professional corrections 

practitioner to enlighten his 
students from 1999-2004. 

"Frank's experience in 

corrections was a refreshing 

addition to the academic learning 

process for students," Morris said. 

, • "His desire to provide real world 

experience to the educational 

experience of students and 

increase the understanding to 

those graduates who enter the 

world of professionalism within 

the corrections disciplines is his 

legacy. The Criminal Justice Program is 

proud to present this scholarship in 

memory of Professor Frank C. Kyle." 

In addition to a junior or senior status, 
scholarship applicants must maintain an 
overall grade point average of 2.5 and a 
grade of 3.0 within the major. The 
scholarship will awarded to a Criminal 
Justice student each year beginning this fall 
in the amount $250 at the beginning of each 
semester. The student may only receive this 
scholarship one time. 

For more information on the Kyle 
Frank Memorial Scholarship or to 
make a contribution, contact Morris at 
(318) 357-6967 or download forms at 
for a link for Scholarships. 



Alumni Columns Spring 2006 / 10 

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Memorial scholarship will 
benefit special education 
teacher candidates 

A pledge to the Northwestern State 
University Foundation will fund a 
scholarship for a student training to 
become a special education teacher. The 
Thelda M. Harris Memorial Scholarship 
will be awarded to a junior or senior special 
education teacher candidate beginning this 


Thelda M. Harris 

Mrs. Harris, a graduate of NSU and 
special education teacher in Natchitoches 
Parish, is being honored by her children. 
Brett Harris and Cassandra Harris Tydings, 
and her husband, Walter B. Harris Jr. The 
scholarship and will be endowed at the 
$10,000 level, awarded annually at $400. 

According to the Individuals with 
Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), passed 
in 2004, "disability is a natural part of the 
human experience," and those with 
disabilities deserve the right to an 
education, the right to participate in and 
contribute to society, said Dr. Vickie 
Gentry, acting dean of NSU's College of 

"It is important that universities 
prepare teachers to work with those with 
special needs, including the ability to 

prepare and modify lessons and to monitor 
student progress. Special education 
teachers must be prepared to work with 
families and all should hold high 
expectations for students with disabilities," 
Gentry said. 

Mrs. Harris was born near Carnegie. 
Okla., and attended schools in Alden, 
Okla., graduating in 1952. She later earned 
a B.S. degree from Oklahoma State 
University and a M.Ed. from 
Northwestern State University. She was a 
member of Phi Theta Kappa, Kappa Delta 
Phi, and Phi Delta Kappa honorary 
scholastic organizations, and professional 
education sororities. Delta Kappa Gamma 
and Kappa Kappa Iota. Mrs. Harris spent 
her life contributing to the education 
process of others, specifically in the 
special education area. 

Mrs. Harris taught in the U.S. Armed 
Forces Schools in the late 1950s through 
1965, while her husband was in the 
military. She began teaching special 
education at Natchitoches Junior High in 
1 980 and continued there until 1 985. After 
receiving her master's from NSU in 1985. 
she moved to North Natchitoches 
Elementary and taught a pre-kindergarten 
special ed class. She retired from teaching 
in 1997. She was president of the 
American Legion Auxiliary in 
Natchitoches and was actively involved in 
sending Natchitoches area youth to Girls 
State. Mrs. Harris passed away Feb. 23, 

"It is important that the recipient be a 
good student and equally important that the 
person be actively involved in other 
university activities and/or community 
activities," Brett Harris said. "We prefer 
that the need of the scholarship to the 
recipient also be considered and that the 
award go to someone who needs the money 
rather than to a person who might already 
have one or more scholarships." 

"We also hope that the scholarship will 

be awarded to a student that has exhibited 
the qualities necessary to work with 
children having special needs," added 
Cassandra Harris Tydings. 

The Harris family has strong ties to 
NSU. Mrs. Hanis's husband, LTC (Ret.) 
Walter B. Harris Jr. was head of the ROTC 
department at NSU and professor of 
military science from 1977-82. He 
obtained a Specialist of Education degree 
from NSU in 1984, and served as an 
adjunct faculty member at Northwestern 
while teaching math full time at Campti/ 
Lakeview High in Natchitoches Parish. 
Brett Harris received a bachelor's in 
mathematics from NSU in 1991 and 
Cassandra attended summer classes at 
NSU while pursuing her undergraduate 
degree at Louisiana State University. 

your future? 

NSU offers an array of graduate 
programs designed to assist you in 
reaching your goals. You can pursue 
your graduate degree without 
disrupting your schedule through 
online courses, night courses, and 
courses offered at various continuing 
education sites in the central/north 
Louisiana area. NSU offers some 
degrees 100% online allowing you to 
pursue your education when and 
where you wish. For more 
information, contact Misty LaCour at 
1-800-327-1903. You can also visit 
the Graduate School Web site and 
complete your application online 
today at 
graduateschool . 

Find yourself 
@ Northwestern 


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Class Notes/Profiles 



Joe Pugh Durham is 
retired, married to 
Claudia Sheppard 
Durliam ('38) and lives 
in West Monroe. 


Melva Mayson Maxey 
is a retired teacher and 
lives in Lake Charles. 


Janice Marie Tucker 
Rabalais is a retired 
assistant professor and 
lives in Village Mills, 


Rose Marie McRight 
Clinton is retired and a 
visiting professor at 
Texas A&M. She is 
married and lives in 


Julia M. Honeycuttisa 
retired teacher and 
lives in Bastrop. 


William Glenn Morgan 
is a retired professor, 
married and lives in 


George Don Rucker is 
retired and now plays 
on the National 
Southern Tennis 
Circuit. He is married 
and lives in Shreveport. 


Dr. Edw/ina Thedford is 
a retired professor of 
music and lives in 

James Griffith is a 
retirement plan 
consultant at Comcast, 
married to Donna Polk 
Griffith ('88) and lives 

in Rohnert Park, Calif. 


Clare Chenault is a 
sales manager at JM 
Test Systems, married 
and lives in St. 


Robert W. Sorensen is 
a retired general 
manager, married and 
lives in Shreveport. 

John McMeel is retired 
from the Department of 
the Navy, married and 
lives in Piano, Texas. 


John Alan Cress is a 
retired teacher and 
coach, married and 
lives in Zachary 

Alan McMurtry is 
retired, married and 
lives in Natchitoches. 


Billie Huffman Oglesby 
Ketcham is a counselor 
at Shreveport-Bossier 
Vo-Tech, married and 
lives in Shreve- 


Scott West is an 
application analyst 
for Halliburton Energy 
Services and lives in 
Coppell, Texas. 


Dr. Howell F. Wright is 
president of Triple JW 
Customs Saddles, Inc., 
married and lives in 
Estes Park, Colo. 

Irene Morgel Robinson 
is the owner and 
president of KWCL- 
FM, married and lives 
in Oak Grove. 

Edward T. Milligan 


Journalism grad/author publishes 
first installment of detective series 

Edward T. Milligan, a 1981 NSU 
graduate, has published a new book entitled 
"Past the Line," the first in the Blake Cutter 
Detective Series. 

A native of Leesville, Milligan earned 
a degree in journalism at Northwestern and 
a master's degree in administration from 
Central Michigan University before 
embarking on a successful career as a U.S. 
Army officer. Milligan spent the first four 
years of his career as a Field Artillery 
Officer, then changed specialties to become 
a quartermaster (logistics) officer, where he 
spent the rest of his military career in 
various command and staff assignments. 

While an undergraduate, he was named to Who's Who Among 
Students in Colleges and Universities. He retired from the military as a 
lieutenant colonel after serving more than 23 years. Milligan is a three- 
time published author, an award-winning poet and a motivational speaker. 
The Blake Cutter series is set mostly in Miami and the Caribbean, 
with the first series set in an island of the coast of Georgia. Cutter is a 
Miami detective battling a Mafia organization responsible for his wife's 

"The book series charges the engine to a continuing fictional drama 
series that exposes the vulnerabilities and complexities of people as they 
lives become entwined by their own conflicts and personal pursuits," 
Milligan said. "Such will be the case again in the second book in the 
series, 'No Bars To Hold,' which I plan to have published and released in 
early 2007." 

"Past the Line" has been picked up by, 
Baker and Taylor, Atlas Books, PMG International and 
Vendor Pro distributors. 

Milligan currently resides in Mannheim, 

Germany, and works full-time as a Department of 

Defense Contractor with the U.S. Army in Europe. 

His freelance writing and motivational speaking 

are done in his spare time. 

"The experiences at NSU benefitted me both 
in my military career and my pursuits as an 
author and speaker," Milligan said. "Among my 
most memorable activities were disc jockeying 
on the campus radio station, serving in a 
college fraternity, spending two semesters 
working in the Sports Information 
Department (Journalism apprenticeship) 
both for NSU football and basketball games, 
and of course participation in the ROTC program as a cadet." 
For more information on Milligan, visit his website at 

Alumni Columns Spring 2006 / 12 

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Class Notes/Profiles 


Oren Spruill is a field 
services manager for 
Baker Petrolite 
Corporation, married 
and lives in Breaux 

Richard Vaughn is a 
senior financial analyst 
in manufacturing 
operations, married 
and lives in Livonia, 


Jim Larmoyeux is a 
professional studies 
representative in adult 
education at John 
Brown University, 
married and lives in 
Little Rock, Ark. 

Brenda Sue Fountain 
is a clinical nurse 
consultant at 
LifeMasters and lives 
in San Antonio, Texas. 


Kathryn Bagley Haslett 
is an optician at 
American Eyewear and 
lives in Dallas, Texas. 

Peggy Ducote Spruill is 
an administrative 
secretary at Covenant 
United Methodist 
Church, married and 
lives in Breaux Bridge. 

Dr. Brent Smith is a 
retired environmental 
manager and now 
works as a contract 
environmental safety 
and quality auditor and 
trainer for three 
companies. He is also 
an adjunct faculty 
member with the 
University of New 
Orleans, married and 
lives in Metairie. 


Ruth Dennis Farmer is 
a manger at Lifeway 
Christian Stores in 
Temple, Texas, and 
lives in Belton, Texas. 


Mary DeWitt Thomp- 
son is a retired teacher, 
married to George C. 
Thompson (71) and 
lives in Leesville. 


Georgia Parker Hilton 
is a real estate 
manager, married and 
lives in Natchitoches. 

Donna Lynn Elliott 
Hunt is currently 
serving in the army and 
stationed at Fort 
Gordon, Ga. as the 
chief critical care, 
married and lives in 
Martinez, Ga. 


LeanneMldkiff Jeane 
is a special education 
teacher at Evans High 
School, married and 
lives in Evans. 


Louise Ann Richey 
Griffith is a fifth grade 
teacher, married and 
lives in Hendersonville, 


Jeffrey Zeringue is the 
managing editor at the 
Daily Comet Newspa- 
per, married and lives 
in Schriever. 

Emily Salter Walker is 
employed by the 
Rapides School Board 
as a secondary 
instructional coordina- 
tor, married and lives in 


Eddie Jones Jr. is the 
principal at Flohen 
High School, married 
and lives in Flohen. 


Pat McLendon Middleton 
is a first grade teacher, 
married and lives in 
Hazlehurst, Miss. 

Connie Jewett 
McClinton is an 
administrative assistant 
at University of Texas 
MD Anderson Cancer 
Center and lives in 

Connie Sue Lehr Meek 
is a registered nurse- 
diabetes educator at 
Willis Knighton, 
married and lives in 


Lucky P. Sprowl is an 
electrical foreman at 
NSU and lives in 


Dr. John Mammano, 
command surgeon and 
chief information officer 
in the office of the air 
mobility at Scott AFB, 
He was recently 
selected by the 
American Academy of 
Medical Administrators 
as the 2005 Young 
Federal Healthcare 
Executive of the year. 
He is married to Mimi 
Mammano ('94) and 
lives in O'Fallon III. 

Jeff L. Powell is a state 
game warden for Texas 
Parks and Wildlife and 
lives in Italy, Texas. 


Billy J. Stone is a 
counselor at MHMRA 
of Harris County and 
lives in Houston. 

Glen Fox is currently 
deployed to Iraq with 
the Mississippi Army 
National Guard. 


Jason Saunders is an 
assistant human 
resource manager at 
Lois M. Deberry 
special needs facility 
and lives in Dickson, 

Tricia Baker 


Greenwood alumna 
releases children's CD of 
original songs 

Tricia Baker of 

Greenwood, a 1992 
graduate, has released a 
children's CD featuring 
a collection of 1 songs 
for which she wrote 
lyrics, including the 
title track, "Ant Bite 

An avid and life- 
long music lover. Baker has been writing poetry and 
song lyrics for about five years, and though not a 
musician. Baker was inspired by her father, a self- 
taught fiddler who enjoyed country and bluegrass. 
Her own musical tastest range from "classical to pop 
to jazz to country to bluegrass to Celtic to rock and 
everything in between," she said. 

"I set about to learn as much as 1 could about 
form, flow, formatting and the business itself," she 
said. Turned down on collaborations by local artists, 
she turned to the Internet for peer support and to find 
an audience. She is involved with four writer's 
boards. JP Folks. Tunesmith, Songramp and Writer's 
Block, for which she is an administrator. 

"Here, you can network, critique each other's 
work, collaborate, learn from each other or just shoot 
the breeze about the music business in general," 
Baker said. "Writer's Block is unique in that it has 
threads specifically for spontaneous creativity and a 
section for poetry. I've had several poems and short 
stories published since I started." 

In addition to being a published lyricist. Baker 
is a certified rehabilitation registered nurse with the 
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Department at 
Willis-Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport. 

"Nursing was and is my cho.sen profession. It's 
what I've wanted to do since I was a child," Baker 
said. "Music is my creative outlet. I don't regret a 
minute I've .spent putting 'Ant Bite Boogie' together. 
I'd do it again in a heartbeat." 

"Ant Bite Boogie" is available on-line at Tower 
Records, Best Buy, Amazon, CD Baby and at Baker's 
website, . where 
sound clips can be heard. It is also available in the 
Shreveport area at Sam Goody's and Disc Daddy. 
Last month, the CD was a featured item at Artspace, 
sponsored by the Shreveport Regional Arts Council. 

Alumni Columns Spring 2006 / 13 

Class Notes/Profiles 

Iradean Dupar Gatson 
is a counselor at 
Northwood High 
Scliool, married and 
lives in Alexandria. 


Nathaniel Wood is an 
assistant professor in 
the department of 
history at the University 
of Kansas, married and 
lives in Lawrence, Kan. 

Karen Townsend is a 
career resource 
specialist at Georgia 
Southern University, 
married and lives in 
Statesboro, Ga. 

Mark McCoy is on 
active duty orders with 
the 199'^ SB. He is 
employed as a case 
manager at the U.S. 
Penitentiary in Pollock, 
married and lives in 


Nika Marie Lee Echols 
is a manager in 
consumer services for 
Bellsouth Telecommu- 
nications, married and 
lives in Baton Rouge. 

Rodney Arthur Burrell 
is a clinical sales 
specialist at Applied 
Medical, married and 
lives in El Dorado Hills, 

Amy Williams Rowell is 
assistant director of 
career counseling at 
Georgia Southern 
University, married and 
lives in Statesboro, Ga. 

James S. Crotty is an 
associate district 
manager for GMAC 
Mortgage Corporation, 
married to Leah 
Manning Crotty.('97) 
and lives in Visalia, 


Brandon M. Mitchell is 

an agent for Allstate 
Insurance and lives in 
Silver Springs, Md. 

Shane Edmonds is a 
mud engineer at Baker 
Hughes, Inteq, married 
and lives in Benton. 

Robert Gillen is a 
budget analyst at LSU 
and lives in Baton 


Angle Long Sexton is a 
community manager at 
Gables Residential, 
married and lives in 
Tucker, Ga. 

Patrick Brown is an air 
routing officer in the 
Navy and currently 
serving in the Middle 

Lesley Marie Roberts 
Vance is a human 
resource specialist with 
the Department of 
Insurance, married and 
lives in Baton Rouge. 

Dr. Terri Crouse 
Knupps is an assistant 
professor of music 
history and low brass 
at Southwest Baptist 
University, married and 
lives in Bolivar, Mo. 

Talitha Perkins Leger is 
a licensed clinical 
social worker currently 
in private practice as a 
therapist, married and 
lives in Eunice. 

Carrie Parker 
Thompson is a loan 
processor at Extraco 
Bank, married and 
lives in Waco, Texas. 


Harvey Dee Mclntyre is 
an assistant baseball 
coach, married and 
lives in Brenham, Texas. 

Daniel Livingston is a 


Alumnus pens crime novel 

A former Northwestern student has penned a crime novel .set in Louisiana 
that was named a Notable Book by Book Sense in January 2005, a Times- 
Picayune Best Debut of the Year and a Best Crime Novel Debut of the Year by 
Booklist, among many other honors and awards. 

"Welcome to the Fallen Paradise" (MacAdam/Cage, 2004/2005) by Dayne 
Sherman of Pontchatoula is set in fictional Baxter Parish in southeast Louisiana 
and focuses on the Tadlock family and their fight over a farm. 

"The novel is the story of Jesse Tadlock's return home to Baxter Parish 
after spending 12 years in the Army," Sherman said. With his mother dying, 
Tadlock decides to end his military service and travels home from Germany for 
his mother's funeral. "While at home, he finds that his mother has left him a 
small life insurance policy of $30,000, the local sheriff offers him a job and his 
old high school flame walks back into his life. He soon returns home for good 
- via Leesville and Fort Polk - and immediately finds a house and 10 acres to 
buy in the north end of the parish. 

"All seems well with the world, but the day after he moves to the farmhouse, 
a local tough named Balem 'Cotton' Moxley shows up at the house wiith a rifle 
and a giant pit bull and tells Jessse he has 72 hours to leave the house or he will 
leave in a box. This is Moxley's home place, lost to the bank after his sister's 

From there, the Tadlocks face Moxley in a feud over the house and land. 
Jesse must between following his Uncle Red, who wants to fight tooth 
and claw in a game of death, or to try to solve his troubles without the of gun 
and bomb. 

Sherman, now a reference librarian and assistant professor of Library 
Science at Southeastern Louisiana University, was a Northwestern graduate 
student in 1999, pursuing a master's degree in education technology. He attended 
SLU after taking the GED at age 1 8. He earned a B.A. in communication from 
SLU in 1993 and a Master of Library and Information Science from LSU in 

"I started writing during my first semester in college. That was 17 years 
ago," he said. Sherman is the 2005 recipient of SLU's President's Award for 
Excellence in Artistic Activity. 

Sherman appeared in Natchitoches last fall for a book signing at The Book 
Merchant and donated all in-store book event royalties to the American Library 
Association Hurricane Katrina Library 
Relief Fund and the American Red 

"The hurricane did only a small 
amount of damage to our house in 
Pontchatoula, but the effect has been 
pretty devastating to my area and 
friends and relatives in New Orleans 
and St. Tammany Parish and on the 
coast in Mississippi," Sherman said. "I 
think writers, musicians and other 
artists have been hit hard by the storm." 

A sequel to "Welcome to Fallen 
Paradise," tentatively titled "Louisiana 
Public Integrity," is almost finished, 
Sherman said. Funding for the book 
tour was provided through a grant form 
the Louisiana Division of the Arts. 

For more information on the 
book and on Sherman, visiting . 

Alumni Columns Spring 2006 / 14 

Visit our website ai 

Class Notes/Profiles 

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managerfor Jim Walter 


In Memory | 

Homes Inc., married and 

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lives in Seminary, Miss. 
Katie Bowen Cooper is 

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'49 Peggy Jean 


Zelma Boston 

director of stewardship 

Casemore Wilhem, 

fnr 1 SI) Fniinrifltinn 

Burnette Alston, 

South Carolina, 

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married and lives in 


October 16, 2005 


Denham Springs. 

December 13, 2005 

'55 Virginia Houston 

Melissa Hicks 

•34 Fae Dell Sibley 

Pace, Vicksburg, Miss., 

Clevenger is the 

Frye, Milford, N.H., 

December 6, 2005 

switchboard operator 

October 24, 2005 

at The News Star 

80 Hurst M. (Landy) 

Newspaper, marned 

'38 William "Bill" 

Hall, Jr. 

and lives in West 

Lofton, Coushatta, 

Alpharetta, GA 


January 17, 2006 

August 5, 2005 

Jessica Barrier Lanier 

Matthew Bailey is a law 

Sara DeBroeck Pitz is 

is employed by Liberty 

student at Oklahoma 

an administrative 

Independent School 

City University School 

assistant at The Shaw 

District as an early 

of Law and lives in 

Group Inc., married to 

childhood teacher. 


Joseph Pitz ('01) and 

married and lives in 

lives in Baton Rouge. 

Hull, Texas. 


Quincy Lynn Lachney 

Brett Bailey is a 

Lisa Marie Abner is an 

Cheek is an extension 

contract worker, writer 

account administrator 

agent in family 

and producer and lives 


nutrition, married and 

in Rowlett, Texas. 

& Keeene and lives in 
Indianapolis, Ind. 

lives in Lecompte. 



Colin Douglas Trahan 


Glenn Darnell Tillman 

is employed by 

Joshua Allen Laird is 

Jr. is a production 



assistant at Clear 

"Broadway Across 

freelance actor and 

Channel Radio and 

America" in the cast of 

lives in Henderson, 

lives in Shreveport. 

"Will Rogers Follies" 


and lives in New York 

Jacob Davis is 


Dori Ann Pfister 

associate director for 

Maddry is a program- 

chapter services at 

Kevin Odom is 

mer analyst for Wal- 

Kappa Alpha Order 


employed by the 

Mart, married and lives 

and lives in Irving, 

Bossier Parish School 

in Rogers, Ark. 


Board as an elemen- 

tary education teacher. 

Allison Miers is a sales 

Linzie Ledford Hebert 

married and lives in 

specialist for JSJ 

is a physician assistant 


Pharmaceuticals and 

student at LSU Health 

lives in Dallas. 

Science Center, 

Jamie Evans Moon is 

married and lives in 

an extension associate 

Kelly McKenzie is an 


at LSU Ag Center, 

MIS Coordinator at The 

married and lives in 

Arc of Caddo-Bossier 

John Gillard is 


and lives in Minden. 

employed by Medi-Dyn 
Inc. as an operations 

Vanessa Byrd is a 

Josephine Melendez 

manager for the 

graduate assistant and 

Covington is employed 

Memorial Hermann 

currently working on a 

by the United States 

Hospital District in 

masters in Business 

Army as a chemical 

Houston. He is 

Administration at Sam 

officer at Fort Bliss. 

married and lives in 

Houston State 

She is marned and 



lives in El Paso 

Former Northwestern 
President Kilpatrick dies at 85 

Former Northwestern State University president Dr. Arnold 
Kilpatrick died Dec. 1 2 in Natchitoches after a lengthy illness. 

Bom Aug. 5. 1920. in Eros. La.. Kilpatrick was a teacher, 
coach and administrator in Louisiana high schools and 
universities for 32 years. He served as president of 
Northwestern from 1966 until his retirement in 1978. 

After retiring from public education. Kilpatrick was 
engaged in a number of business activities. 

Kilpatrick. w ho served in the U.S. Air Force during World 
War IL attended Northeast Louisiana Junior College and later 
earned a bachelor's degree from Northwestern. He recei\ ed 
master's and doctorate degrees in education from Louisiana 
State University. 

Kilpatrick joined Northeast Louisiana State College in 
1 95 1 as a faculty member and assistant football and basketball 
coach and later became head basketball coach and director of 

After leaving coaching. Kilpatrick remained on the faculty 
at Northeast and ser\ed as head of the Department of Education 
at the college in 1 965-66. He was appointed dean of the college 
at Northwestern in March of 1966 and became president of 
NSU later that year. 

In his 12 years as president of Northwestern, enrollment 
increased substantially, and a number of buildings were 
constructed or renovated. He helped secure funding for the 
construction of Watson Memorial Library. Biensenu Biological 
Sciences Building, the Physical Education Majors Building and 
the Teacher Education Center, the Student Recreation Complex 
and University Post Office and for major renoxalion of Turpin 
Stadium, Prather Coliseum and the Friedman Student Union. 

A Northu estern campus was established at Fort Polk while 
Kilpatrick was president, and the university achieved university 
status when the name of the school was changed from 
Northwestern State College to Northwestern State University. 

Kilpatrick remained active in athletic activities during his 
presidency at Northwestern, serving on the U.S. Olympic 
Committee Board of Directors and as president of the National 
Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. 

Selected for Northwestern's highest honor, the NSU Hall 
of Distinction, or the Long Purple Line, in 1994. Kilpatrick 
has also been inducted into the NSU Graduate N Club Athletic 
Hall of Fame, the NSU Hall of Distinguished Educators and 
the Northeast LouisianaAthletic Hall of Fame. He also received 
the Nth Degree for Meritorious Service from NSU. 

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Juanita Cardozier 
Kilpatrick: daughter Lael Alexis Kilpatrick of Naples, Fla.: son 
Joel Young Kilpatrick and wife Jeri Allen Parker Kilpatrick of 
Natchitoches and grandchildren Ryan Daniel Kilpatrick. Jared 
Young Kilpatrick. Ashley Danielle Schult. Tarah Parker and 
Ethan Parker. 

Memorials may be made to the NSU Foundation 
Scholarship Fund, Natchitoches, La. 71497. 


Alumni Cohinuis Spring 2006 / 15 

Alumni News 

Looking bacK 

pn~r^ he hoop dreams of the 
Northwestern State Demons of 
past and present teams have 
come true as the Demons won their second 
straight SLC championship and posted 
back-to-back 20-win seasons and received 
a berth in the NCAA Tournament. 

The university has a long basketball 
tradition. In the 1950's, the Demons 
longest had three consecutive 20-win 
seasons under head coach Charles "Red" 
Thomas in 1952-53 through 1954-55. 
winning back to back Gulf States 
Conference championships. 

Thomas was the NSU Demons head 
coach from 195 1 -5 /. He was Northwestern 
State's first All- American basketball player 
winning that honor in 1941 . He guided the 
demons to an excellent 129-76 (.679) 
record in seven years and never 
experienced a losing season his entire 

The Demons won their first 
conference title in 1948-49 under head 
coach H. Lee Prather. They had a 23-9 
record, were Gulf States Conference 


Coach H. Lee Pratherl 

Champions, and National NAIA 
Semifinalists. Prather was the first Demon 
head coach and he coached for 36 seasons 
(191 3-1950). He became NSU's president 
in 1951. 

The 2005-06 season was the best in 
school history. The Demons posted a 26-8 
record overall and were 15-1 in league 
play. They won the conference by four 
games, the most dominant run in 
conference play in nine seasons. In addition 
to being Southland Conference Champions 
for the second season in a row, they also 
made it to the NCAA Tournament for the 
second time in five years under head coach 
Mike McConathy. 

The Demons are 2-2 in NCAA play. 
In 2001, NSU beat Winthrop and lost to 
Illinois. The Demons defeated Iowa in this 
year's first round and lost to West Virginia. 

The Demons have an all-time record 
of 1244-957 and an all time home record McConathy 
at Prather Coliseum of 320-182. 
Northwestern was one of eight teams to 
go undefeated at home this season with a 
14-0 record. 


Guess Who? 

Do you know who these ~55-'56 members of the 
men's basketball team? If so, be one of the first 
10 people to contact the Alumni Affairs Office at 
(318) 357-4414 and you could win a prize! 

Congratulations to these people who 
knew the Class of 1956 Honor Court! 

Sophie Packard- 


Adienne Raborn— 

Juanita Penney 



Thornton— 1958 

Baton Rouge 


David Christman- 



Glenn Harris— 1959 

Odeal Pharris 




Gloria Dupree 

Willard Booty— 1957 

Peggy Plunkett— 19! 

Anderson Strutz- 





Ted Simon— 1956 

Ted Duggan— 1957 

Dorothy Dowden- 




1957 & 1962 


John McTyre— 1957 

Alumni Columns Spring 2006 / 16 

Alumni Information Update 

Visit our website at www.northwesternalumni.coin and click on "Update our files" or use this printed form. 

Please fill this page out as completely as possible. We are constantly revising our records and your information 
updates are vital to making the system work. The information from this form is also used for entries in the 
"Class Notes" section. Please make a copy of this page and give it to any NSU graduate who may not be on our 
list. We can't keep in touch with you if we can't find you! Thank you. 



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During which years did you attend NSU?_ 

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If you would like information from Admissions, Financial Aid or the NSU Athletic Association, 
you can contact them at the following address: 

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State University 

South Hall 

Natchitoches, LA 71497 

(318) 357-4503 


Director of Financial Aid 
State University 
Room 109, Roy Hall 
Natchitoches, LA 71497 
(318) 357-5961 

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State University 
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Athletic Fieldhouse 
Natchitoches, LA 71497 
(318) 357-5251 

The NSU Alumni Association, Athletic Association, Graduate "N" Club and Demon basketball team hosted the De- 
mon Basketball Reunion Saturday, Feb. 1 1 . This year's reunion included the "N" Club induction ceremony of Elvin 
McCann, who played for the Demons from 1955-1 959 and Jerry Byrd, a sports writer for the Bossier Press-Tribune 
and former men's basketball manager. 

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